Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 17, 2008
Congressional Record, Vol. 154, No. 60 (April 16, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 52 (April 17, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 75 (April 17, 2008)
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Bills Introduced  
S 2869 ( Vitter, R-LA), to amend Title 18 of the United States Code to clarify the scope of the child pornography laws; to Judiciary. S3080, CR 4/16/08.
Floor Action
On 4/16/08, the House passed H Res 1097, to express support for the designation of the month of April 2008, as National Child Abuse Prevention Month, to provide attention to the tragic circumstances that face some of our Nation’s children on a daily basis.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced
H J Res 80 ( McCollum, D-MN), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States prohibiting the penalty of death; to Judiciary. H2442, CR 4/16/08.
Courts/ Judiciary
The Constitution Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Secret Law and the Threat to Democratic and Accountable Government.” 4/30/08, 9 am, 226 Dirksen.
Criminal Law
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 4109, to provide for the redress of prison abuses. 4/22/08, 4:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.
Disability Law
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the backlog of disability claims at the Social Security Administration. 4/23/08, 10 am, 1100 Longworth.
Health Law
Committee Action  
On 4/16/08, the House Energy and Commerce Committee ordered reported HR 5613, Protecting the Medicaid Safety Net Act of 2008.
Housing and Homelessness
HR 5818 ( Waters, D-CA), to authorize the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make loans to states to acquire foreclosed housing and to make grants to states for related costs; to Financial Services. H2441, CR 4/16/08.
HR 5823 ( Israel, D-NY), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow taxpayers to designate a portion of their income tax payment to provide assistance to homeless veterans; to Ways and Means, and Veterans' Affairs. H2442, CR 4/16/08.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
S 2868 (Gregg, R-NH), to amend Title II of the Immigration and Nationality Act to replace the diversity visa lottery program with a program that issues visas to aliens with an advanced degree; to Judiciary. S3079, CR 4/16/08.
HR 5817 ( Falemavaega, D-AS), to establish a new nonimmigrant category for Korean aliens seeking to enter the United States temporarily to perform services in a specialty occupation; to Judiciary. H2441, CR 4/16/08.
International Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 5814 ( King, R-NY), to create a federal cause of action to determine whether defamation exists under United States law in cases in which defamation actions have been brought in foreign courts against United States persons on the basis of publications or speech in the United States; to Judiciary. H2441, CR 4/16/08.
H Con Res 329 ( Shuster, R-PA), expressing the sense of Congress that former Presidents and high-ranking political figures should refrain from freelance diplomacy against the wishes of the current government and stated United States foreign policy; to Foreign Affairs. H2442, CR 4/16/08.
The House Foreign Affairs Committee will hold a hearing titled “Foreign Assistance Reform in the Next Administration: Challenges and Solutions.” 4/23/08, 9:30 am, 2172 Rayburn.
The Europe Subcommittee, House Foreign Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “The Bucharest Summit and the Way Forward for NATO.” 4/23/08, 1 pm, 2200 Rayburn.
Floor Action  
On 4/16/08, the House passed HR 2634, to provide for greater responsibility in lending and expanded cancellation of debts owed to the United States and the international financial institutions by low-income countries.
Labor Law
The Workforce Protections Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Improving Workplace Safety: Strengthening OSHA Enforcement of Multi-State Employers.” 4/23/08, 10:30 am, 2175 Rayburn.
Military Law
Bills Introduced  
S. 2871 ( Lincoln, D-AR), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to recodify as part of that title Chapter 1607 of Title 10, United States Code, to enhance the program of educational assistance under that chapter; to Armed Services. S3080, CR 4/16/08.
National Security
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Moving Beyond the First Five Years: Improving the Functionality, Governance and Accountability of the Department of Homeland Security.” 4/23/08, 10 am, 311 Cannon.